Purdue Finishes Strong at SolarDecat​hlon; Achieves 2nd Place Overall


Bloomington, IN October 12, 2011—Purdue University and Solar Systems of Indiana, partnered in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

Team Purdue’s design recorded a 2nd-place finish overall, with a perfect score in Energy Balance. Their entry, called INhome, was described by one observer as “a refreshingly pragmatic and affordable energy marvel.”

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

“In preparation for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, Team Purdue approached Solar Systems of Indiana, seeking an industry expert to lend design and installation support of solar panels for its solar INhome entry,” said Solar Systems of Indiana Vice-President Danielle Urschel.

“You’ll be interested to know that the PV system was one of the keys to our successful finish,” said Bill Hutzel of Purdue’s Engineering Department. “The weather was overcast during the entire competition and our solar panels gave us a distinct advantage.  Many of the contending teams did not produce enough solar electricity to complete the contest, even though they had large arrays, microinverters, and spent more money than we did. I think it was a combination of the high efficiency modules, proper mounting angles, and quality balance of system components.”

Solar Systems of Indiana assisted the Purdue team with the design, integration and installation of a 8.68KW PV array. The 36 module array included 24 high efficiency modules on the south roof and a 12 module tilt up array on the northside of the structure.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon helps the visiting public learn about the benefits of applying sustainable, energy efficient and cost-saving features to their own homes. This year, twenty teams of university students competed in 10 contests, including architecture, engineering, energy balance and market appeal. Teams included American universities (Ohio State University, Middlebury College, CCNY); university consortiums (such as one formed by The Southern California Institute of Architecture and the California Institute of Technology); and a number of international universities, including China’s Tongji University, New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington, and Ghent University of Belgium.

The competition commenced with an opening ceremony on September 22 in the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., and closed with the final awards ceremony on the afternoon of October 1. Throughout the competition, the public could tour the houses for free. The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002, and competitions now take place every other year.

About Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc.

Based in Bloomington, IN. Solar Systems of Indiana, Inc. is a growing design/build solar firm serving Indiana and the surrounding states. The company has custom designed and installed solar energy systems for its commercial, institutional, government, and residential customers across the Midwest. Solar Systems of Indiana is focused on making it easier for customers to go solar.


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IU Law Student planning a Tiny House

From an email to InREA. If you can help please contactChris at his email.


Good morning! I will be a first year law student at IU-Indy this coming fall. To keep my long-term housing costs down and limit my overall environmental impact,I will be spending the bulk of this summer building a tiny house modeled on the “Popomo” designed by Jay Shafer of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company (http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/popomo/). While the iteration I will end up with will look a bit different,it will still be a solar-powered,172 square foot house on a flat bed trailer. I already have preliminary arrangements to “dock” my home, but thought I’d inquire as to whether the INREAhas seen this type of sustainable housing in use in Indy before among students or others? Perhaps there are individuals or organizations affiliated with INREA that would be interested in the development and implementation of a project like this. Any resources or individuals’ contact info you would feel comfortable passing along would be received with great interest. Thank you again for any help you can offer!

Christopher Chrzan cchrzan@umail.iu.edu

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Duke Energy, Integrys Energy Services and Smart Energy Capital Launch Partnership to Build and Finance Solar Projects Throughout U.S.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Duke Energy, Integrys Energy Services and Smart Energy Capital today announced the launch of a partnership to build and finance distributed solar projects throughout the United States.

Through the partnership, Duke Energy Generation Services (DEGS) and Integrys Energy Services (Integrys) will focus on jointly owning rooftop and smaller ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar projects that deliver electricity to investment-grade commercial, government and utility customers under long-term power purchase agreements. Smart Energy Capital will develop the projects and arrange financing, enabling DEGS and Integrys to create a streamlined, end-to-end approach to bringing solar projects to market.

“What makes this partnership unique in the marketplace is its focus on distributed solar solutions that produce renewable electricity close to where it is used, rather than at centralized power plants,” said Greg Wolf, DEGS senior vice president and head of the unit’s commercial solar business. “The companies involved bring a wealth of project development, construction, management and financing expertise to the partnership.”

DEGS, part of Duke Energy Corporation’s (NYSE: DUK) Commercial Businesses, and Integrys Energy Services, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG), believe the majority of PV solar growth over the next several years will involve commercial-scale ground-mounted and rooftop applications. While DEGS and Integrys will continue to independently develop commercial solar projects pursuant to their respective strategies, this partnership will serve as a way to cooperatively boost growth in an attractive segment of the solar market.

“We have invested more than $65 million in 20 different distributed generation solar projects across the U.S. with a combined capacity of more than 10 megawatts,” said Joel Jansen, managing director and head of energy assets at Integrys Energy Services. “Partnering with DEGS and Smart Energy Capital enables us to expand our presence in this market in an efficient, strategic manner.”

DEGS and Integrys will equally supply the necessary equity capital for construction and ownership of the distributed solar projects. Over the next two years, the companies intend to invest up to $180 million in total project capital. Individual project size is expected to be 500 kilowatts and up, depending on the needs of the customer. DEGS and Integrys will be responsible for operating and maintaining the projects.

Smart Energy Capital will work with its strategic origination partners, including CB Richard Ellis (under the name CBRE Solar) and Tremco Roofing, to help customers achieve their sustainability and energy objectives on optimal terms. The financing structure of the partnership enables DEGS and Integrys to monetize all available federal tax benefits associated with the distributed solar projects.

“We believe this partnership provides a solution to one of the fundamental challenges in the commercial segment of the solar market – reliability and certainty of financing,” said Rob Krugel, managing partner of Smart Energy Capital. “We are excited to form a strategic partnership with such large, experienced and well-capitalized power project owners as DEGS and Integrys to pursue distributed solar projects wherever market opportunities in the U.S. present themselves.”

About Duke Energy Generation Services

Duke Energy Generation Services, part of Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses, is a leader in developing innovative renewable energy solutions, including wind, solar and biopower projects. DEGS builds, owns and operates electric generation for large energy consumers, municipalities, utilities and industrial facilities. DEGS is also working to build commercial transmission capacity to help the U.S. meet its energy needs of the future. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

About Integrys Energy Services, Inc.

Established in 1994, Integrys Energy Services, Inc. provides competitive energy supply solutions, structured products, and strategies that allow retail residential, commercial, and industrial customers to manage their energy needs. Its principal energy marketing operations are in the northeastern quadrant of the United States. Through its subsidiary, Integrys Energy Services – Natural Gas LLC, Integrys offers natural gas products to a full range of end-users throughout the Midwest. Areas of generation expertise include cogeneration, distributed generation, renewables such as solar and landfill gas, as well as clean fuel generation, with facilities in selected markets throughout the United States. More information about Integrys Energy Services is available online at www.integrysenergy.com.

About Smart Energy Capital

Founded in 2009, Smart Energy Capital is a leader in the financing and development of solar energy projects. The company manages the development, financing, installation and operations of distributed power plants throughout the United States and Canada using proven photovoltaic technologies. The company delivers fully managed, predictably priced solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. More information about Smart Energy Capital is available at www.smartenergycapital.com.


Duke Energy:
Greg Efthimiou 704-382-1925
24-Hour 800-559-3853
Integrys Energy Services:
Joel Jansen 920-617-6029
Smart Energy Capital
Rob Krugel 914-595-2641

This article brought to by the Indiana Renewable Energy Association.

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Mutz says Lugar plan outshines other energy bills


Written by John Mutz

It’s no secret that Indiana’s economy is struggling to regain its footing. Like the rest of the country, we’ve lost a lot of jobs and our unemployment rate is higher than it has been in many years.

What may be surprising to some, though, are the great strides our state is making in the area of clean energy industries during these difficult economic times.

Relatively quietly, Indiana is making a name for itself as an outstanding place to manufacture electric cars and the batteries that run them, not to mention solar panels and parts for wind turbines.

Gov. Mitch Daniels and his team have rightly begun to focus on this area of opportunity for Hoosiers. Over the last year, Abound Solar in Tipton, Wind Stream Technologies in New Albany, EnerDel in Central Indiana, Anderson-based Bright Automotive, Brevini USA in Muncie, and Elkhart’s Think North America have made headlines for creating jobs and giving our economy a much-needed boost.

A number of well-established companies are also having a huge impact.

Remy International in Pendleton just entered a partnership to bring a new-generation electric drive system to market. Cummins just received more than $38 million in federal grants to develop a highly efficient and clean diesel engine. Allison Transmission’s new hybrid drive manufacturing plant in Indianapolis will employ 100 when it reaches full production.

Duke Energy is investing more than $2.8 billion into its coal gasification plant, which will burn a cleaner gas to produce power.

With these innovations, we’re ahead of the clean energy curve, but now we need some changes to federal policy to remain there. Energy independence should be a priority in Washington. So far the House has passed a bill, and the Senate has not reached a consensus on climate change energy legislation.

One bright spot has been the fact that Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is among those who believe that the country needs to take steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. He’s filed a bill that will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent, or about 1.6 billion metric tons — the equivalent of taking more than 240 million cars off our roads. His bill is a balanced approach that provides a reasonable step toward this goal, and it provides economic incentives that will support the growing Indiana clean energy business.

The evidence that clean energy leads to good, high-paying jobs for Hoosiers is clear. However, if you need more evidence consider this: China vaulted past Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines and is poised to expand even further. In addition, the Chinese have emerged as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels and are pushing hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants.

No matter what the case, we do need additional legislation at the federal level. It is better to consider an approach that doesn’t threaten Hoosier jobs, such as cap-and-trade, but still moves us toward the goal of energy independence. Lugar’s bill does this.

Mutz is a consultant and private investor, former two-term lieutenant governor of Indiana, former president of Lilly Endowment and former president of Cinergy/PSI Indiana.

This article brought to you by the Indiana Renewable Energy Association.

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Weekly Address: President Obama Lauds Clean Energy Projects as Key to Creating Jobs and Building a Stronger Economy

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release October 02, 2010

Fact Sheet (pdf)

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Obama announced that – due to clean energy incentives launched by his administration – a company called BrightSource plans to break ground this month on a new, revolutionary type of solar power plant. This will put about 1,000 people to work building the facility. And once completed, it will power up to 140,000 homes, making it the largest such plant in the world. But for all the potential of clean energy projects like this one, the GOP recently pledged to scrap all incentives for these projects, even ones currently in progress.

The full audio of the address is HERE. The video can be viewed online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ .

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
October 2, 2010

Over the past twenty months, we’ve been fighting not just to create more jobs today, but to rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation. Our future as a nation depends on making sure that the jobs and industries of the 21st century take root here in America. And there is perhaps no industry with more potential to create jobs now – and growth in the coming years – than clean energy.

For decades, we’ve talked about the importance of ending our dependence on foreign oil and pursuing new kinds of energy, like wind and solar power. But for just as long, progress had been prevented at every turn by the special interests and their allies in Washington.

So, year after year, our dependence on foreign oil grew. Families have been held hostage to spikes in gas prices. Good manufacturing jobs have gone overseas. And we’ve seen companies produce new energy technologies and high-skilled jobs not in America, but in countries like China, India and Germany.

It was essential – for our economy, our security, and our planet – that we finally tackle this challenge. That is why, since we took office, my administration has made an historic commitment to promote clean energy technology. This will mean hundreds of thousands of new American jobs by 2012. Jobs for contractors to install energy-saving windows and insulation. Jobs for factory workers to build high-tech vehicle batteries, electric cars, and hybrid trucks. Jobs for engineers and construction crews to create wind farms and solar plants that are going to double the renewable energy we can generate in this country. These are jobs building the future.

For example, I want share with you one new development, made possible by the clean energy incentives we have launched. This month, in the Mojave Desert, a company called BrightSource plans to break ground on a revolutionary new type of solar power plant. It’s going to put about a thousand people to work building a state-of-the-art facility. And when it’s complete, it will turn sunlight into the energy that will power up to 140,000 homes – the largest such plant in the world. Not in China. Not in India. But in California.

With projects like this one, and others across this country, we are staking our claim to continued leadership in the new global economy. And we’re putting Americans to work producing clean, home-grown American energy that will help lower our reliance on foreign oil and protect our planet for future generations.

Now there are some in Washington who want to shut them down. In fact, in the Pledge they recently released, the Republican leadership is promising to scrap all the incentives for clean energy projects, including those currently underway – even with all the jobs and potential that they hold.

This doesn’t make sense for our economy. It doesn’t make sense for Americans who are looking for jobs. And it doesn’t make sense for our future. To go backwards and scrap these plans means handing the competitive edge to China and other nations. It means that we’ll grow even more dependent on foreign oil. And, at a time of economic hardship, it means forgoing jobs we desperately need. In fact, shutting down just this one project would cost about a thousand jobs.

That’s what’s at stake in this debate. We can go back to the failed energy policies that profited the oil companies but weakened our country. We can go back to the days when promising industries got set up overseas. Or we can go after new jobs in growing industries. And we can spur innovation and help make our economy more competitive. We know the choice that’s right for America. We need to do what we’ve always done – put our ingenuity and can do spirit to work to fight for a brighter future.


This article brought to you by the Indiana Renewable Energy Association.

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IU energy seminar series receives successful kick-off, seven speakers to follow during Themester

John Haselden (photo right) of Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) spoke Sept. 15 as the first guest in The Grand Energy Challenge seminar series. Haselden is currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association. IPL is also a member of the association.

Sept. 16, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An impressive speaker series on climate change and energy, titled by organizers “The Grand Energy Challenge,” received a successful launch Wednesday (Sept. 15) as part of Indiana University’s fall 2010 Themester: “sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet.”

John Haselden, principal engineer in corporate affairs for Indianapolis Power and Light, spoke on the topic of “Moving to Sustainable Energy Supply,” to an attentive and inquisitive group of students and community members, according to co-organizer Rebecca Barthelmie, an IU professor of atmospheric science. His talk was the first in a series of presentations that will include visits by a Patten lecturer, a leading state energy official, and researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Colorado School of Mines and Purdue University.

“John was an inspiring speaker who stayed behind to answer a lot of questions from students,” Barthelmie said. “We’ve had to move the talks to larger venues to accommodate the much larger than expected audience. That is excellent, of course, and shows there is a lot of interest.”

The series is being supported by the IU College of Arts and Sciences, a grant from Duke Energy Foundation, and the Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminars Fund of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at IU Bloomington.

Co-organizers of the event with Barthelmie are Sara Pryor, also an atmospheric scientist in the IU Department of Geography, and John Rupp and Maria Mastalerz from the Indiana Geological Survey.

The series will include seven more presentations, listed here:

  • “Coal’s role in Indiana’s future,” by Purdue University’s Tom Sparrow, Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 4-5 p.m. at the Department of Chemistry Building, room 001.
  • “The role of international treaties in tackling climate change,” by Griffith University’s Jean Palutikof, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, as part of the Patten Lecture Series. Fine Arts Building, room 015.
  • “Low Impact Fossil Energy: Keystone to Sustainability” by Julio Friedmann, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 1-2 p.m., at the State Room East, Indiana Memorial Union.
  • “Climate change adaptation strategies: a poor man’s solution?” by Jean Palutikof, Griffith University, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, as part of the Patten Lecture Series. Fine Arts Building, room 015.
  • “Renewable energy development in Indiana,” by Travis Murphy of the Indiana Office of Energy Development, from 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Woodburn Hall, room 100.
  • “Wind energy,” by Matt Hendrickson, Horizon Wind Energy, from 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union.
  • “The Global Energy Challenge,” by Roel Snieder, Colorado School of Mines, from 4-5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15, at the Geological Sciences Building, room 143.

For more information or to speak with Barthelmie or other organizers, please contact Steve Chaplin, University Communications, at 812-856-1896 or stjchap@indiana.edu.


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